Resurrection (1463) by Piero della Francesca

Resurrection - Piero della Francesca - c.1460

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ArtistPiero della Francesca
MediumFresco on Wall
Dimensions225 x 200 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationMuseo Civico di Sansepolcro, Sansepolcro, Italy

About Resurrection

The artwork “Resurrection” is a significant religious painting by Piero della Francesca, believed to have been created around 1460. It is a fresco on wall, exemplifying the early Renaissance art movement. The dimensions of this fresco are 225 x 200 cm. Currently, it is housed at the Museo Civico di Sansepolcro in Sansepolcro, Italy, contributing greatly to the cultural heritage of the region.

“Resurrection” showcases the biblical scene of Jesus Christ rising from the dead. Central to the composition is Christ Himself, who is depicted stepping out of a sarcophagus, with one leg still inside, symbolizing His emergence from the grave. He is portrayed holding a banner, which traditionally represents victory over death. His gaze meets the viewer directly, creating an impactful and contemplative connection. The figure of Christ is rendered with a combination of solemnity and tranquility, a testament to della Francesca’s masterful handling of human expression.

Surrounding Christ are four soldiers who are seemingly guarding the tomb. However, they appear to be in various states of sleep or inactivity, oblivious to the miraculous event occurring before them. Their poses and expressions convey a sense of human vulnerability and contrast dramatically with the divine aura of the resurrected Christ. The background of the painting further enhances the narrative; on one side, the trees are barren, while on the other they are full of leaves, perhaps symbolizing the transition from death to life that is at the heart of the Resurrection story.

Piero della Francesca’s use of color, light, and perspective is meticulous and reveals the artist’s advanced understanding of these elements, characteristic of the Renaissance period. The artwork is not only a religious emblem but also an enduring symbol of rebirth and human awakening, holding a profound significance that continues to resonates with viewers today.

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